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NameEdit

Inca Ice Maiden

AgeEdit

Assumed 15 years old at time of death.

SexEdit

Female

StatusEdit

Died from tuberculosis, part of sacrifice.

CultureEdit

Incan

DatesEdit

Found in 1999.

SiteEdit

Llullailaco volcano

LocationEdit

Argentina

BiographyEdit

The Inca Ice Maiden was one of 3 children that were sacrificed at the Llullaillaco volcano in Argentina. Despite popular belief, it appears as though that the children were not sacrificed as an attempt to appease the gods, but instead as a way to send them safely to a holy place. This is because they had fallen ill to tuberculosis and were thought of as the most pure.


MummificationEdit

Frozen for more than 500 years; found in "perfect" condition. Some say that she still looks alive.

StudiesEdit

X-Rays have been conducted since she has been found.

PathologyEdit

It has been discovered by X-Rays that her lungs showed signs of the infectious disease.

Additional InfoEdit

External LinksEdit

Waugh, R. (2015, March 18). Incan mummy frozen after human sacrifice still has infection in lungs after 500 years - giving new insight into diseases of the past. Retrieved January 13, 2016, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2179217/Inca-ice-maiden-frozen-human-sacrifice-infection-lungs.html

ReferencesEdit

Waugh, R. (2015, March 18). Incan mummy frozen after human sacrifice still has infection in lungs after 500 years - giving new insight into diseases of the past. Retrieved January 13, 2016, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2179217/Inca-ice-maiden-frozen-human-sacrifice-infection-lungs.html

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